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Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

Broad-Headed Skink

This large, harmless, smooth-scaled lizard lives along the edge of forests and woodlots. It often makes its home in a large dead tree, sometimes using abandoned woodpecker holes or other cavities.

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Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves

Broad-Headed Skink

Plestiodon laticeps
This large, harmless, smooth-scaled lizard lives along the edge of forests and woodlots. It often makes its home in a large dead tree, sometimes using abandoned woodpecker holes or other cavities.

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Photo of a broad-headed skink, a striped, brownish lizard, held in a hand

Broad-Headed Skink

Broad-headed skinks have a large, wide head and, during the breeding season, the heads of males become slightly swollen and orangish-red. The rest of the body has a few faint stripes. Adult females are more prominently marked with light and dark stripes.

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Image of a five-lined skink

Five-Lined Skink

Plestiodon fasciatus
Often called the "blue-tailed" skink for the coloration of juveniles, this is Missouri's most common skink. Adults are olive or tan with lengthwise stripes.

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photo of a Five-Lined Skink Guarding Eggs

Five-Lined Skink Guarding Eggs

A female five-lined skink guards her eggs.

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Great Plains Skink

Plestiodon obsoletus
A tan or light brown lizard with most of the scales edged in black, making it look speckled. These markings may form irregular lines along the back and sides. In Missouri, found only in our far western and southwestern counties.

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little brown skink

Little Brown Skink (Ground Skink)

Scincella lateralis
Aptly named, these ground-dwellers have dark brown or black stripes and speckling along their sides. Hiking along a forest trail, you may hear these small lizards scurrying through dead leaves, but you seldom see them.

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Image of a northern prairie skink

Northern Prairie Skink

Plestiodon septentrionalis septentrionalis
There are two subspecies of prairie skinks in Missouri, and they look quite similar. In general, they both have longer tails than all other Missouri skinks. In Missouri, these lizards are rare.

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photo of juvenile southern coal skink

Southern Coal Skink

Plestiodon anthracinus pluvialis
Few people know about this secretive lizard. It has a wide, coal-black line along its sides. During the breeding season males have an orange head.

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photo of juvenile southern coal skink

Southern Coal Skink (Juvenile)

Juvenile southern coal skinks are black with faint lines running down the back and sides. They are about 2 inches long when they first hatch.

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